Well, on here over the past few months I have done a blog post about the best children’s books and then one on the best early reader books. Next up is young adult books. But I felt I couldn’t do this justice so I asked my oldest daughter to guest blog for me again. To share her favorite reads and give you an idea of books to get for this age group of kids. I think she came up with a pretty good list of books too. So without further ado here’s my 13 year old…
I’ve read plenty of books. My favorite have ALWAYS been fantasy. I love all the magic and adventurous things the characters would do. When I read a really good book though, I always seem to find myself wishing that I were as brave as that character or as lucky. Here are the best young adult books I have ever read.
Top Eight Young Adult Books
In no particular order…
13 Treasures is about a girl who can see fairies. But these fairies aren’t those happy fairies like Tinkerbell or something. Nope, these fairies are EVIL! They cast spells on her, waking her from her sleep. Since the mother is tired of this craziness caused by her daughter, she sends Tanya to her grandmother’s house. This is when Tanya finds out that in the woods that her grandmother lives there had been a young girl who vanished 50 years ago. Being a curious little girl, she tries to uncover the mystery. But she finds herself VERY close to getting sucked into he fairy realm, FOREVER.
Just take My Heart by Mary Higgins Clark
When Natalie Raines is found in her home dying in her home from a gunshot wound it is up to Emily Wallace to put the murderer in jail. What she doesn’t seem to realize is that she has the wrong guy. Soon she finds herself face to face with life or death. Will she survive or will she face the same sudden death as Natalie Raines?
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
(This by far is the bast book EVER!) This book takes place in the future where North America is in ruins. Katniss Everdeen and her family (her mom and her sister Prim) live in a nation called Panem. They live in District 12: Coal Mining. Every year the capital holds an annual Hunger Games where one girl and one boy from each district between the ages of 12 and 18 are to fight to the death in an arena. Prim is chosen but Katniss takes her place. Will Katniss survive?
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Meggie’s father Mo has never read aloud to her. But one night he does and an evil ruler Capricorn lands in their living room. Mo has a special voice where he can literally bring any character to life. It just so happens that he brings to life a very evil character. However, when one character comes out of a story, something must go into the story to fill his/her place. Meggie’s mother goes in and takes Capricorn’s place. Meggie finds herself in an adventure that she could only imagine as a fairy tale. She must figure out a way to master this magic and overpower Capricorn.
Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon
On Renee’s 16th birthday, her parents die in a terrible accident. Renee isn’t sure how to deal with this. To make matters worse though, is that she now has to live with her grandfather. He is forcing her to go to a private school thousands of miles away from her friends. While she is at this school though she finds herself more alive with this boy named Dante. But what she doesn’t know is that he is very dangerous and possibly deadly.
The Key to Rondo by Emily Rodda
Leo Langlander has inherited an old painted music box from his great-aunt. This music box turns out to be magic and unlocks a hidden world. A Sorceress is let out and Leo and Mimi must pair up to stop the witch-before it is too late.
Finally by Wendy Mass
Rory Swenson can’t wait to turn 12. After all, you can pierce your ears, go to the mall with your friends, babysit, get a cell phone, and you can ride in the front passenger seat. But somehow all these things go all wrong.
Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
This book has two different perspectives from two 8th graders. When 7 year old Bryce Loski first moved into his new home with his mom and dad, Juli was EXCITED! As the grown ups said, “Awwww, now little Juli will have a playmate her age!” Juli couldn’t wait for him to move in. When the moving truck finally came, Juli went to help. Bryce went to help his mom inside the house and Juli followed. She couldn’t resist those royal blue eyes. But Bryce thought of Juli as ANNOYING! He couldn’t stand her. All Juli ever did was follow him around. After all she knew in her heart that Bryce Loski was carrying her first kiss.
What are your favorite young adult books?